Faculty Directory

Laurence, Stuart J.

Laurence, Stuart J.

Associate Professor
Aerospace Engineering
3184 Glenn L. Martin Hall



  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Aeronautics)
  • M.S., California Institute of Technology (Aeronautics)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), The University of Auckland (Applied Mathematics)
  • B.Sc./B.A., The University of Auckland (Conjoint, Physics and Philosophy)


High-speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics High-temperature gas dynamics Supersonic combustion and propulsion Naturally-occurring hypersonic flows; meteoritics Experimental fluid dynamics; optical and visualization-based measurement techniques Laminar-turbulent transition in hypersonic boundary layers


  • S. J. Laurence, S. Karl, J. M. Schramm and K. Hannemann, “Transient fluid-combustion phenomena in a model scramjet”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 722:85-120, 2013.
  • S. J. Laurence, A. Wagner, and K. Hannemann, “Investigation of hypersonic boundary-layer transition using high-speed visualization techniques”, Proceedings of 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves, July 2013, Madison WI, USA.
  • S. J. Laurence, S. Karl, and K. Hannemann, “Experimental and numerical investigation of the HyShot II flight experiment”, Proceedings of 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves, July 2013, Madison WI, USA.


  • S. J. Laurence, N. J. Parziale, and R. Deiterding, “Dynamical separation of spherical bodies in supersonic flow”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 713:159-182, 2012.
  • S. J. Laurence, “On tracking the motion of rigid bodies through edge-detection and least-squares fitting”, Experiments in Fluids, 52(2):387-401, 2012.
  • S. J. Laurence, A. Wagner, K. Hannemann, V. Wartemann, H. Lüdecke, H. Tanno and K. Itoh, “Time-Resolved Visualization of Instability Waves in a Hypersonic Boundary-Layer”, AIAA Journal, 50(1):243-246, 2012 (Technical note).
  • S. J. Laurence, H. Ozawa, D. Lieber, J. Martinez Schramm, and K. Hannemann, “Investigation of Unsteady/Quasi-Steady Scramjet Behavior using High-Speed Visualization Techniques”, AIAA Paper 2012-5913.
  • S. J. Laurence, J. Martinez Schramm, and K. Hannemann, “Force and Moment Measurement on a Free-Flying Capsule Model in a High-Enthalpy Shock Tunnel”, AIAA Paper 2012-2861.


  • S. J. Laurence and R. Deiterding, “Shock-wave surfing”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 676:396-431, 2011.
  • S. J. Laurence, J. Martinez Schramm, S. Karl, and K. Hannemann, “An Experimental Investigation of Steady and Unsteady Combustion Phenomena in the HyShot II Combustor”, AIAA Paper 2011-2310.
  • A. Wagner, S. Laurence, J. Martinez Schramm, K. Hannemann, V. Wartemann, H. Luedeke, H. Tanno, K. Ito, “Experimental investigation of hypersonic boundary-layer transition on a cone model in the High Enthalpy Shock Tunnel (HEG) at Mach 7.5”, AIAA Paper 2011-2374.


  • S. J. Laurence and S. Karl, “An improved visualization-based force-measurement tech-nique for short-duration hypersonic facilities”, Experiments in Fluids, 48:949-965, 2010.
  • E. Marineau, S. Laurence, and H. Hornung,  “Apollo-shaped capsule boundary-layer transition at high enthalpy in T5”, AIAA Paper 2010-446, Jan. 2010.


  • S. J. Laurence and H. G. Hornung, “Image-based force and moment measurement in hypersonic facilities,” Experiments in Fluids, 46:343-353, 2009.
  • I. Leyva, S. Laurence, A. Beierholm, H. Hornung, R. Wagnild, and G. Candler, “Transition Delay in Hypervelocity Boundary Layers by means of CO2/acoustic instability interactions,” AIAA Paper 2009-1287, Jan. 2009.


Laura Paquin Awarded 2020 Alexander Brown Scholarship and Leadership Award

Award recognizes exceptional graduate students and honors the memory and achievements of late Ph.D. student Alex Brown.

Congratulations to the 2020 Aerospace Engineering Honors Class

Students complete final presentations to earn “Honors Citation.”

Whalen Wins NSTRF

Graduate student receives NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship for research related to the characterization of separation events in high-speed flows.

Shock Waves and Boundary Layers

Exploring the complexities of hypersonic flight.

Student Spotlight: Haley Patel

Fearless ambition in aerospace engineering.

Laurence Wins NSF CAREER Award

Project aims to understand noise generation when the gas in question (e.g., carbon dioxide, or high-temperature air) absorbs sound waves at certain frequencies.

Four Clark School Professors Receive Competitive DURIP Grants

DURIP supports university research in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense.

Aerospace Engineering Grad Student Wins NDSEG Fellowship

Graduate student Cameron Butler Receives National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Two UMD Students Win National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

Aerospace engineering students Kennedy and Paquin awarded NDSEG Fellowships from Air Force Research Laboratory.

Three Aerospace Engineering Faculty Receive 2015 DURIP Awards

Laurence, Hubbard and Yu receive over $1.2 million in combined funding through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

Shumway Awarded NDSEG Fellowship

Aerospace graduate student Nathan Shumway win National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.

UMD Students Excel at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference

Aerospace engineering students sweep undergrad category at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference.

Aerospace Welcomes New Faculty

Dr. Stuart Laurence has been appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering